Crime

RCMP warn public of CRA scam making rounds

 RCMP is warning the public about the fraudulent requests for money transfers during the holidays.

During the holiday season people are known for being a little more charitable.

However, the festive season also brings out crooks who find ways of tugging on purse strings of the public in fraudulent ways.

Constable Andrew McCabe of the Nelson RCMP warns the public in a media release about the fraudulent requests for money transfers during the holidays.

Avoid these distracted driving excuses and save $543

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris says still no excuse to dial or text at the wheel.

With the holidays in the rear-view mirror, most of us have bills to pay and don’t need another.

That’s why, as a 32-year-cop-turned-solicitor general, I’d like to share some information that may help you to save yourself at least $543 in penalties – not to mention a trip to a body shop, the hospital or worse.

Charges Laid in Crawford Bay Cheetah Incident

Two have been charged after a cheetah was observed wandering on the East Shore in December of 2015. — Photo courtesy RCMP

Two people have been charged after a cheetah was seen wandering the roadside by a motorist on Highway 3A near Kootenay Bay in December 2015.

The Conservation Office Service Facebook page said man and woman have been charged with one count each under the Controlled Alien Species Regulation.

The Facebook page said both individuals have a first appearance date of February 17, 2017 at 09:30 a.m. in Creston Provincial Court.

The missing cheetah last seen roaming along Highway 3A in the afternoon of December, 17 2015, near Crawford Bay and Kootenay Bay.

IIO sends investigation of Castlegar police-involved shooting to Crown

IIO sends investigation of Castlegar police-involved shooting to Crown

Ed Note: IIO spokesman Martin Youssef underlined these facts in an interview regarding this release: A) The threshold for referral to Crown is very low; B) No charge has been recommended and C) "If there is even a potential likelihood there was any kind of offense, even a traffic offense, we have to refer it to Crown. That's not to say that's the issue here, but the IIO has an obligation to send to Crown any time an offense may have been committed under any enactment."

Scammers now using pet purchases to steal from unsuspecting buyers

Scammers now using pet purchases to steal from unsuspecting buyers

A new scam making the rounds involves people selling pets online, taking the buyer's money, then never sending the animal (if, indeed, there ever was one to begin with), according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

Police seek suspects in robbery/assault

Police seek suspects in robbery/assault

Castlegar RCMP are investigating robbery and assault that occurred at the Flamingo Hotel in Castlegar at approximately 3 p.m. Dec.13, according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

“The owner of the motel was accosted by two persons inside the motel, restrained, and assaulted with a weapon. The suspects fled with assorted valuables,” she said.”The victim was transported to hospital but did not suffer life threatening injuries.”

Suspect sought after early morning robbery

A servilance camera shows the robbery suspect (facing clerk) wearing hat during the early morning robbery of Mac’s Store in Kelowna. — Photo courtesy RCMP

Kelowna RCMP is asking for public for help to identity of a suspect in an early morning robbery Monday in the Central Okanagan City.

At 12:15 a.m. Monday (December 12), Kelowna RCMP received a report of a robbery that had just occurred at the Mac’s convenience store located in the 2100 block of Richter Street.

Police have learned that a lone male suspect entered the store, brandishing a weapon and demanded that the lone employee open the cash register.

The victim was not injured during the encounter.

Keep the season merry – plan ahead before you drive

Local police will be on patrol during the holiday season, setting up a few road blocks looking for impaired drivers.

Christmas is a festive time of the year.

However, as Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General says, it's not an excuse to drive while affected by alcohol or drugs.

Which is why motorists have seen increased of police on the highways throughout the province.

“Having fun and being festive is encouraged but risking lives doing it won’t be tolerated,” said Morris in a media release.

IIO says Castlegar/Slocan shooting investigations in final stage

IIO says Castlegar/Slocan shooting investigations in final stage

Two long-standing investigations, the length of which have caused some outrage in the region, may finally be drawing to a close, according to Independent Investigations Office acting director of public engagement and policy Marten Youssef.

Both investigations involve officer-involved fatal shootings, the first of Slocan resident Peter de Groot on Oct. 13, 2014 in the Slocan Valley and the second of Yahk resident Waylon Edey on Jan. 28, 2015 in Castlegar.

Rash of B-and-Es continues with three more Monday night

Rash of B-and-Es continues with three more Monday night

Three Break-and-Enters to local businesses along the north end of Columbia Avenue Monday night have police reminding business owners and residents alike to secure their valuables, according to RCMP Cpl. Brett Turner.

“It's been an ongoing thing now, starting in mid to late summer,” Turner said, adding the rash of break-ins started primarily in the industrial area, but appears to have expanded to include retail stores and businesses as well. “They (the perpetrators) are looking for quick and easy cash.”

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